Sinead and Aaron had a small, intimate wedding in the Temecula Valley area. There were a few aspects to their wedding that created a unique and intimate environment. Forever & Always Farm is a one-of-a-kind farm wedding venue. The owner has done a meticulous job turning a farm- like property into an intimate wedding venue that has cats, peacocks and even alpacas on the property! Sinead and Aaron absolutely loved the look and feel of Forever & Always Farm, and felt it was the perfect venue for their wedding.
Sinead tells us more about their special day….
Tell us about your wedding! Did you have a specific theme or vision in mind?
We wanted to have a rustic farm wedding, with the ceremony and reception outdoors so that we could stay close to nature. It was important to us that the farm animals could be incorporated into our wedding. We loved that we could hear the sheep in the background during our ceremony, and that we had an opportunity to take photos with the alpacas on the farm. We kept our colour palette as natural as possible, incorporating wood slices and burlap into our center pieces, with a small amount of lace to tie it together. We wanted our wedding to have an informal tone so that our guests could relax and enjoy themselves.
How did you both meet? Tell us a little about the proposal…
We met in high school at a friend’s party, when he lived in Arizona and I lived in California. After a year as friends, we decided to try doing a long-distance relationship. Seven years of long-distance later, we knew it was time to tie the knot! Aaron asked my parents for permission, and they gave him my great grandmother’s wedding ring with their blessing. He reset the stone in a sapphire and diamond ring, and proposed during our favorite hike to the top of a mountain overlooking the ocean in San Clemente, California. It was the perfect moment with just the two of us.
Lets talk about wedding decor, how did you decorate the ceremony and reception space?
We were lucky enough to have a beautiful venue filled with flowers and decorated with many rustic touches, such as an antique piano, a tractor covered in flowers, and a wooden swing perfect for pictures. Pamela and Suzie from Forever & Always Farm added lovely vintage signs, candles for soft lighting, and rustic barrels we could use to display pictures. Since we wanted to keep our wedding informal, all of the decor we brought with us to the venue was DIY. We ordered our flowers wholesale and kept our arrangements simple, with sunflowers and baby’s breath in mason jars. We ordered our mason jars and miniature bird cages wholesale as well, and used empty wine bottles with copper lights to complete the centerpieces. My mother is a quilter, so she was able to supply the fabric for the draperies on the arbor as well as the burlap and lace throughout the other decorations. She sewed the table runners together, and helped me put together burlap flowers to sprinkle along the tables. She also created a wedding quilt for us for the guest book table, where we had our guests sign quilt squares instead of a traditional book. Doing everything ourselves helped to make the day more special.
What were the florals like in your wedding?
We bought almost all of our flowers wholesale. The day before the wedding my family got together and put together the centerpieces in a big party. My grandmother used to be a professional florist, and she did an amazing job putting together the arbor and sweetheart table florals. She took the leftover flowers and put together arrangements in two vintage milk cans we used as the entrance to the aisle. My bouquet, my bridesmaids’ flowers, the flower girls’ flowers, and the alpaca’s flower crown were all made by the Etsy shop SylCadle. She creates flowers out of sola wood, and custom made our bouquets into sunflowers by dying the petals to match my wedding colors. The sola flowers will last forever, and remain one of my favorite keepsakes from the wedding.
What were some of the favourite parts of your wedding?
We wanted to have a very traditional farm wedding, but to keep our wedding informal we included fun music tracks. Our Grand Entrance song was The Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin, and our DJ played songs inspired by the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. We had giant jenga and cornhole yard games, which were a huge hit with our guests. All of our desserts were supplied by friends and family. We had South African melktert, Australian crunchies, Turkish baklava, and Italian pizelles. My mother made the wedding cake, and alternated layers of nutella buttercream and vegan almond cake. My maid of honour decorated the wedding cake with marzipan and sugar flowers. Having my friends and family so involved in my wedding made everything so much more meaningful.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most special moment was when we stood together under the arbor, in front of the pastor. Having all of our friends and family together to share in our joy was the highlight of our day. There was so much love and happiness in that moment, and it will live with us forever in our hearts.
Do you have any wedding day advice for other couples currently planning their own wedding?
Try to plan as much as you can, as soon as you can. There will always be things that you didn’t plan for, and it helps to tackle those last minute challenges when everything else is handled. If you’re going to go DIY, then ask friends and family to help and delegate where you can. Above all, stay calm and remember what’s important – you and your loved one!
A huge thank you to Courtney McManaway Photography for sharing Sinead and Aaron’s beautiful rustic farm wedding with us!
Photographer Courtney McManaway Photography
Venue Forever and Always Farm
Officiant Pastor For Your Wedding
Mens attire Mens Wearhouse
Dress David’s Bridal